I'm not in the mood tonight to gather coherent thoughts about any of the lovely books I have recently read so, instead, I thought I would tell you about something weird that happens when I read and see what you all think.
I am a mental-picture type of reader. I build up a visual construct of the world in my head as I go along, especially if it's a quest/travel-type story. And, most/almost all of the time, it will end up being the mirror image of what the author intended. I will spend many chapters with the world oriented in one direction in my head and then the author will give a directional clue, such as seeing a sunset over the water, and I will realize that I'm facing the wrong way in my head. I have no idea why this happens and it's super weird. But, what's even stranger, is that every once in a while I get it right. I will hit a directional clue and it will actually be the way I have constructed the world in my head. This could obviously be total chance but then it seems that it would happen near fifty percent one way and fifty the other. It's not. If I had to guess I would say I get it right about ten to twenty percent of the time at most. So what, you say? Well, I have a theory. I have yet to try and prove it (mostly because I forget which authors it happens with) but here it is. I think the times I get it right is when the author is left-handed like me. Is that the strangest theory ever? Does an author's handedness come through in their world layout?
Tell me, do you have any reading quirks? If you have a theory to accompany it, let me know! And, please, feel free to weigh in on my quirk.
Looking at it differently,